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Big Cypress National Preserve
National Park Service
Ochopee, FL 34141

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Avian Complex Daily Update May 20, 2018

News – 5/20/2018

May 20, 2018

Avian Complex

82,461 acres, 35% contained, 181 personnel, 3 helicopters and 5 engines

Buzzard Fire: 62,404 acres, 8% contained Flamingo Fire: 11,689 acres, 5% contained

Curlew Fire: 8,366 acres, 15% contained Vulture Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained

Caracara Fire: 1 acre, 100% contained

Previous operational period: Containment remained at 35 percent Saturday. Activity was minimal with some smoke showing in different locations on the Buzzard Fire. Heavy precipitation fell throughout the day. Crews removed unneeded equipment and cleaned fire camps.

Planned action: Incident Commander Matt Martens and the Type 3 organization assumes command of the complex Sunday. Crews will continue to monitor for any new fire activity. Little activity is expected after several days of precipitation. Further fire information updates will be provided when significant changes occur.

Fire weather: Widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms remain in the forecast. The high temperatures will be in the upper 70s with humidity around 70 percent.

Restrictions and closures:

The following closures remain unchanged:

  • Dona Drive is closed to all public access.

  • Stairsteps: All lands in Zone 3. Zone 4 is closed to all public access by airboat

  • Paces Dike Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs)

  • Roberts Lake Trail south from Loop Road

  • Lands east of Turner River Rd., west of BICY’s eastern boundary and north of Hwy. 41

  • The Florida National Scenic Trail is closed from the Oasis Visitor Center to I-75 mile marker 63.

  • All BICY lands north of I-75 between Hwy. 29 and Bundschu Grade

    These areas are closed to all recreational use, including ORVs, hiking, camping and commercial activities due to safety concerns related to wildfires in the area.

    Private lands in the designated closure area shall remain open. Residents should use caution and notify the Fire Duty Officer of entry by calling (239) 719-0241. Residents who want information about the fires and their property should call Fire Information at (305) 204-6659.

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